» Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Asked about Human Rights standards in Iraqi prisons, the PMOS said that as he understood it the Iraqi minister for human rights had dealt with the issue. It was important that people took more account of what he had to say rather then what we had to say. In saying that the PMOS pointed out that our ambassador Edward Chaplain made it clear on the Today programme this morning that he had raised the issue of conditions in Iraqi detention facilities with the Iraqi government. The Human rights minister had said that he was taking action on this but that was a matter for the Iraqi authorities. For information the UK had provided training for prison officers in Basra, so the UK was actively trying to ensure that people operated to the right standards.

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  1. What about Iraqi prisons under US control? Have we raised the issue of conditions in those facilities with the US government? Or are we still trying to deny their existence….

    Comment by Uncarved Block — 25 Jan 2005 on 9:22 pm | Link
  2. Iraqi government? US government? BRITISH government?! Aren’t they all in reality the same people, from the same private clubs and with all the same priveleges? The Iraqi "government" is no more in touch with reality in Iraq than the British government is in touch with reality in this country, and the same can be said of the American government. Let’s face it, there isn’t a single government in the world right now who cares about anything but their continued access to oil and the continuation of their priveleged way of life at the expense of everyone and everything else. So don’t expect the truth, improvements in policy, or justice and equality – because we have all seen for far too long now that those are simply buzzwords used by the press and governments to further their own agendas. Amen.

    Comment by PapaLazzzaru — 26 Jan 2005 on 5:30 pm | Link

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